Daily Devotion, 12/08/17, “Answering The Prayer Of Jesus”
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’” Matthew 9:36-38 NLT
Everything changes when you see people through eyes of compassion. It’s easy to see through compassionate eyes in the midst of a disaster such as a major flood like we’re so familiar with here in SW Louisiana. It’s much more difficult to see the people who are drowning when there’s no water around. Some are drowning in their grief, others in their fears, still more in their loneliness or others in their secret addictions. We don’t see them because they’re drowning on the inside. They mask their desperation and detachment with faint smiles and curt responses. Sometimes they seem angry. Sometimes they seem uncomfortable and awkward. Sometimes they seem incredibly self-consumed. They typically aren’t people who are fun to be around. Drowning people usually aren’t. They know most people honestly don’t want to know how they’re doing even if they ask.
Jesus sees them. He sees their confusion, helplessness and desperation. Jesus told His disciples to pray that God would send more people who would see, care and engage to make a difference. You and I can be the answer to Jesus’ prayer. Today, wherever you are, ask God to help you see those who are drowning. Ask Him to help you look beyond the fake smiles, the lack of eye contact and harsh behavior to see the pain, the fear and the desperation. Ask Him to give you His compassion for them. Ask Him to help you help them in some way that will lead to their rescue and restoration. You are loved!
PS We woke up to a snowy, winter wonderland. It’s a rare event here in Cajun country…thus the delay in posting this morning J